Physics Major: Chemical Physics Option (B.S.)

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University Discovery requirements 1
Bachelor of Science requirements
Physics requirements:
PHYS 400Freshman Seminar1
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
PHYS 505
PHYS 506
General Physics III
and General Physics III Laboratory
PHYS 508Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 605Experimental Physics I5
PHYS 615Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I4
PHYS 616Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II4
PHYS 701Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 702Quantum Mechanics II4
PHYS 703Electricity and Magnetism I4
PHYS 705Experimental Physics II4
Independent Study
and Thesis
Senior Project
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 683
CHEM 686
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 762Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis3
CHEM 763Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory2 or 3
CHEM 776Physical Chemistry III3
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
Select one of the following options: 212
Option A:
Linearity I
Linearity II
Option B:
Multidimensional Calculus
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra for Applications
Computer Programming:
CS 410PIntroduction to Scientific Programming/Python4
or IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing
Electives in option:
Select one of the following:
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Condensed Matter Physics

Note that no physics course can satisfy these requirement for a physics major. The rationale behind this is that a course in physics does not broaden the education of a physics major. 


The Department generally recommends MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications over MATH 545 Introduction to Linear Algebra for physics majors, but the best option, when possible, is MATH 525 Linearity I-MATH 526 Linearity II.

By the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year, a student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400- or 500-level course specifically required for the B.S. degree and an overall grade-point average of at least 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the B.S. program.